Chances are, if you look back through pictures you’ve posted online, be it Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, you were at one point in time caught up in the YOLO (“you only life once”) craze and likely could find a picture or two labeled in this way. There are a lot of catch phrases out there, yet this might be one of the most commonly used ones and one that, frankly, sums up the way many feel today.
I, back in the day, wasn’t immune to this catch phrase. I used this as a hashtag for pictures when I was eating something bizarre (like chicken hearts) or before doing something extreme (like jumping a waterfall). “You only live once” can be applied to so many things that we do in our daily life – it can serve as either an excuse or a rally cry. For the most part, people have made it synonymous with a care free approach to life, similar to the catch phrase “just do it” of the 90′s. Often, people take it to mean “don’t worry about the consequences of your upcoming decisions,” and this is where YOLO becomes dangerous.
As Christians we can certainly apply the phrase “YOLO” to this life. While we have another life waiting for us with Jesus, we only have one life to live here today. I’m not advocating for making mistakes or living life on a whim, but what I am saying is that we should live this life to the fullest and make bold choices. What are these choices? As Christians we are called to make the tough calls, which at many times are unpopular, but calls that demonstrate the love and greatness of our one true God – choices that display a life centered only on Him. 1 Timothy 4:8 says,
For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.
We know that we only live once, but are we living for for ourselves or living for Jesus? Will we train ourselves for the physical world or our eternal relationship with God? It is so important that our lives pursuit is one of Godliness, modeling the life that Jesus put before us, above all else. Therefore, what will your YOLO chant be? Will it be only chicken hearts, or will it be going all out for Christ each and every day (with the occasional cliff jump here and there)?